This is a guest post by our regular poster John Moran and contains his individual opinions, not affiliated to Glorious Sunrise blog.
Whether you are set on your religious path or you’re searching for a path that speaks to you, delving into religious literature is a great way to further your knowledge of various religious faiths.
Following a religion provides countless individuals with several exceptional benefits. And these range from reduced stress to minimize anxiety and even an overall peace of mind. Religion has been around ever since the very beginning of time, and finding a faith that grabs your heart. Your attention definitely could change your life for the better, even if only by providing you some level of peace of mind.
So, if you’re wondering which religious reads are the best out there to help you find your faith or strengthen it, we have listed the top 10 literary pieces from across the globe. These books are considered must-reads for religious individuals.
*Editor’s note: There is no set order for reading.
If you find the Buddhist faith intriguing and appealing, you should definitely try to get your hands on this literary piece. It contains a rich basket of Buddhist teachings. The Tripitaka consists of chapters such as Mahayana sutras and others that are crucial to the faith.
Buddhism is a prominent religion around the world, although it has always been most popular in China. The Buddhist faith is also widely considered one of the most peaceful religions of all.
The Old Testament
The Old Testament is one of the more iconic and well-known religious books in history, like the Christian Bible’s first section. The Old Testament uncovers several dialogues of prophets and tells of various laws and rules to conform to the Christian religion.
This section of the Bible includes the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. In this book, you will also find the world’s origin according to religion and the relation between God and humankind.
The New Testament
The New Testament is the next and final book of the Bible. This section tells of the birth of the son of God, Jesus, and his ultimate sacrifice. Several changes occur in these books that adopt the Christian religion.
While the Jewish follow the Old Testament and its writings, only Christians follow both the Old and the New Testament books of the Bible. The New Testament also contains the book of Revelations, which tells of the return of Jesus.
This book is widely considered one of the most sacred literary pieces out there in the Hindu religion. The book uncovers the dialogue that took place between Hindu Lord Krishna and prince Arjuna. Furthermore, the book also explains that one can obtain the unity of God through karma, knowledge, and bhakti.
Bhagavad Gita was written back in 200 BC and was only completed in 200 AD. The book explains karma in-depth, along with repercussions, consequences, and the ultimate reward of good karma.
The Koran is as well-known as the Bible and the Tora when it comes to religion. This book is the holy scripture of Islam. It contains 114 suras, or chapters, and these show the impassioned allure for the belief in God.
The Muslim faith and understanding of Allah are uncovered in this book. So, if you are considering learning more about Islam, you will need to get yourself a standard copy of the Koran.
Veda is a Hindu book that is considered exceptionally sacred. The book consists of a collection of hymns and prayers, while it also explains the meaning of God. In doing so, Veda delves into the importance of the relationship between the internal atman(soul) and the external body.
Furthermore, there are a total of four prominent Vedas that have been written in Hindu history. And these include the Sama-Veda, Rig-Veda, Atharva-Veda, and Yajur-Veda. These are also among the oldest religious books in history.
The Upanishads are the primary form of the Hindu religion and the final piece of the Veda collection. What’s more, there are numerous versions of this book, although they all hold the same context. This book explains the relationship of the Brahman, or the pure soul, and the atman.
Upanishads uncovers the importance of the Vedic sacrifice along with yoga. The book was written by numerous sources back in the 19th century. And it is also known as the Vedanta.
Five Classics was written back in 300 BC, confirmed to be one of the oldest religious scripts in history. Furthermore, the Five Classics is also considered one of China’s oldest religious scripts. The books explain the core value and the belief system of Confucianism.
These books delve into the art of living and the conditions of heroes, kings, and wars that had occurred at the time. Initially, the Five Classics was a chapter that contained classic rites while also describing the importance of God. The importance of which was also represented by the Zeng Zi’s.
The Tao-Te-Ching is another religious text from China, and it uncovers details of the religion Taoism. The book was written in the 6th century BC. However, the English translation was only complete in the 19th century.
The book contains 81 chapters and poems while it also delves into a description of the way of life and the ultimate freedom for desire, forming the groundwork for the Taoism religion.
The Talmud is a religious book of Judaism, and many consider it to come second to the iconic Tora. The book is referred to as the Shas, and it uncovers the oral law of the religion. Talmud also contains two parts; the first is Mishnah, explaining the law of Judaism, and the second is Gemara.
This book is crucial for anyone that wishes to delve into Judaism faith as it explains all the groundwork for the religion. It contains 63 tractates, and the standard print consists of over 6200 pages, so you definitely won’t be reading this religious book in a day.